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OPEN LETTER: NSSAF dropped ball on cancelling winter sports

OPEN LETTER: NSSAF dropped ball on cancelling winter sports

"Could you please explain to me why teacher representatives are needed at sports games? What is their role? If this rule weren’t in place, school sports could have continued this year, as many teams are not coached by teachers, but rather by volunteers from the community."
Liberals' Bill 75 will live in infamy

Liberals' Bill 75 will live in infamy

'No matter how the Liberals spin it, Bill 75 was wrong. Wrong for families, students, schools and teachers, to name a few. It will likely be one of the worst decisions the Liberal government has made, for many reasons and for many years. Here come the other unions, and here comes the election.'
By strong-arming teachers, Liberals have roused a hibernating public

By strong-arming teachers, Liberals have roused a hibernating public

'As much as I miss my own adult children and grandchild each day, I feel twinges of guilt if I even suggest that they return to their home province. They would be returning to some of the highest taxes in the country, lower wages, rising home prices, crumbling hospitals and health care, a dysfunctional education system, and a government that refuses to listen to the very people who elected them.'
COMMENTARY: Lack of supports undermines 'no fail' policy, but multi-age classes a success story

COMMENTARY: Lack of supports undermines 'no fail' policy, but multi-age classes a success story

'I have very, very seldom encountered a child who was not ready to move on at the end of their time in a multi-age class. Classroom sizes must be smaller to accommodate this kind of teaching, but more importantly, teachers need to be freed from constantly trying to meet arbitrary outcomes so that they can give each child what they need.'
COMMENTARY: Teachers' revolt should change tacks, emulate resistance movements

COMMENTARY: Teachers' revolt should change tacks, emulate resistance movements

The NSTU leadership must surely now see that its strategy, if ever there was a strategy, did not and does not work and will lead to enormous contributions away from the classrooms and to the coffers of law firms. Teachers should now force their leadership to learn and embrace the strategies of Idle No More or Black Lives Matter if we want to make serious and democratic change that will positively affect the lives of those in the classrooms of this province.
OPINION: Nova Scotia's rulers overrule the people again at their peril

OPINION: Nova Scotia's rulers overrule the people again at their peril

In two years, the government will find itself back across the table from public school teachers who have learned how to fight on every front, from legal action to social action ... The Liberals believe this is the end of a momentary interruption. They will discover very quickly that they have unleashed something very different, and no amount of press releases or promises of committees or pat, inane talking points will make it stop.
OPINION: Note to teachers: 'Some of you are being bullies. Not all.'

OPINION: Note to teachers: 'Some of you are being bullies. Not all.'

The current teacher labour strife is polarizing, but that doesn't mean dispassionate or discordant voices should be quashed. Has the victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election taught us nothing? People are afraid to ask a question or voice any sort of opinion other than 'I stand with teachers' for fear of being ostracized, bullied, called a 'troll' or 'stupid' or 'uneducated' — by teachers!
OPINION: MLAs must justify their actions to constituents on teacher bill

OPINION: MLAs must justify their actions to constituents on teacher bill

I am calling on all MLAs to report their data to the public. No need for charts and graphs; a simple tally will do. For each MLA, please indicate: how many points of contact did you have from your constituents requesting that you support Bill 75? And how many points of contact did you have from your constituents requesting that you challenge Bill 75?
OPINION: Liberals turn teaching into mission beyond impossible

OPINION: Liberals turn teaching into mission beyond impossible

Instead of trying to find solutions to help teachers better meet the needs of their students, the government has decided to make a teacher’s job even harder. And it plans to measure just how poorly teachers will try to do the impossible, while Nova Scotia’s education system continues to limp along.
Let teachers strike; get subs to fill their shoes

Let teachers strike; get subs to fill their shoes

It appears as though the necessary outrage from the teachers at the deterioration of the education system has come, coincidentally, at the same time as their outrage over the state of their remuneration. The taxpayers need to take note that there was little mention of classroom issues when the majority NDP government came to the table with a very generous remuneration package.